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Celebrating Brett Dean

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Enjoy an evening of Australian orchestral music

One of the world's most revered composers, Brett Dean, returns home to ANAM to direct a thoughtfully curated program of Australian orchestral music.

Held on Friday 9th November at Melbourne Recital Centre, 'Celebrating Brett Dean' will feature the Australian premiere of Dean's From Melodious Lay, the song cycle drawn from his acclaimed Hamlet opera.

When it premiered at Glynebourne Opera in 2017, Dean's Hamlet took the musical world by storm. Rave reviews and prestigious accolades swiftly followed, including Best World Premiere at the 2018 Opera Awards. Limelight Magazine, which named Dean their Australian Artist of the Year in 2017, described the performance as "a rare thing, an authentic musical interpretation of a play that both enhances Shakespeare and is very much its own master."

Earlier this year, Hamlet had its Australian premiere at the Adelaide Festival, winning 4 Helpmann Awards, including Best Opera, and further establishing Dean's reputation as one of the worlds finest composers.

On Friday 9th November, Dean and ANAM Orchestra will present a thoughtfully curated program of Australian orchestral music.

"This is a very special program of new music" says Dean. "It's evocative, imaginative and sensuous, yet also highly dramatic and darkly haunting".

For the performance of From Melodious Lay, ANAM will be joined by Helpmann Award-winning soprano Lorina Gore (who played Ophelia in the Adelaide Festival's season of Hamlet) and Australian born and internationally renowned Finnish tenor Topi Lehtipuu.

Gore has performed numerous roles for Opera Australia, including a multiple award-winning turn as Roxana in the recently acclaimed King Roger. Lehtipuu, in addition to his busy performing schedule, is currently Director of the Helsinki Festival.

ANAM Artistic Director Nick Deutsch says "We are thrilled to welcome former ANAM Artistic Director Brett Dean back to the South Melbourne Town Hall for a week long residency culminating in an all-Australian program of orchestral music celebrating Brett Dean as a composer, violist and conductor. As a passionate ambassador for Australian music, Brett will expose our young musicians to works of fellow Australian composers Richard Meale, Lisa Illean, Georg Lentz, as well as his own. It is always inspiring to work with a composer on his/her own work and it will undoubtedly bring a new dimension to this performance for musicians and audience alike".


MEALE Clouds now and then

B DEAN From Melodious Lay (A Hamlet Diffraction)

ILLEAN Land's End

LENTZ Jerusalem (after Blake)


Lorina Gore soprano

Topi Lehtipuu tenor

Brett Dean conductor

ANAM Orchestra


Tickets are now on sale for this exciting live music event. Secure your tickets now at Prices are as follows: Full $50.00, Senior $40.00, Concession $40.00

Early bookings are advised.

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Brett Dean studied in Brisbane before moving to Germany in 1984 where he was a member of the Berlin Philharmonic for fourteen years. Now one of the most internationally performed composers of his generation, much of Dean's work draws from literary, political, environmental or visual stimuli, including a number of compositions inspired by his wife Heather Betts' artwork. His music is championed by many of the leading conductors and orchestras worldwide, including Sir Simon Rattle, Andris Nelsons, Vladimir Jurowski, David Robertson, Marin Alsop and Sakari Oramo.

Dean's imaginative conducting programs usually centre around his own works combined with other composers, and highlights include projects with the BBC Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, Sydney Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Tonkünstler-Orchester, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and as Artist in Residence with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra.

Dean is 2017/18 Creative Chair at Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, a role which encompasses conducting, performing and creative programming. Dean also continues as Artist in Residence with Sydney Symphony Orchestra across 2016-2018.

Presented in partnership with the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and Melbourne Recital Centre

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When: Friday 9 November 7.30pm
Where: Melbourne Recital Centre. 31 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006
Cost: ull $50.00, Senior $40.00, Concession $40.00
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